Unbeaten junior featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz is the only 122-pound fighter in the world who has a chance of competing with master boxer and RING champ Guillermo Rigondeaux, according to fans who took part in a recent RingTV.com poll.
Santa Cruz and “None of the above” received almost three-quarters of the 4,000 votes of a poll that asked who among six 122-pound standouts could give Rigondeaux a fight. Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 knockouts), a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident who will defend his WBC title against Cesar Seda on Saturday, garnered 39.1 percent of the votes. “None of the above” received 34.2 percent.
The remaining 26.7 percent of the votes was split between five RING-rated 122-pound fighters with UK star Carl Frampton leading the pack at 10.9 percent.
This past Saturday, Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) defended his RING/WBO/WBA titles with a unanimous shutout decision victory over former two-time bantamweight beltholder Joseph Agbeko.
The 33-year-old former Cuban amateur star, who won THE RING championship by outpointing Nonito Donaire in Apri, is currently rated No. 8 in the magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings.
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